IN THE NEWS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Count 1: Violation of the City Home Rule
The City of Novi Master Plan for Land Use, adopted in 1999, designates the property to be given to Sandstone as a Community Park. Since 1993, the land has been planned as a community park and continues to be used for recreational activities.
Count 2: Illegal Use of Bonds Proceeds
and Bonding Authority
"January 12, 1993
Shall the City of Novi, County of Oakland, Michigan borrow the principal sum of not to exceed Nine Million Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars ($9,900,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor for the purpose of paying the cost of acquiring lands in the City and constructing and equipping necessary improvements and related appurtenances on said land for recreational purposes for the use of the City?"
The proceeds of the bond are limited to the language approved by voters in 1993. Giving away property that was purchased for "recreational purposes" violates the intent of the ballot language.
Also, the City of Novi used Eminent Domain to condemn and acquire the Mitchell parcel (40 acres) in 1993. The private property was condemned after the City "declared and determined that it is necessary to develop said property for parkland and public recreation, and that said development is necessary for the use and benefit of the public." To now transfer that property to a private developer would constitute an illegal use of the City's condemnation power.
Count 3: Illegal Use of Grant Monies
Count 4: Violation of Due Process of Law
and 42 USC 1983
Who Will Hear the Case
The Friends of Novi Parks' purpose is to support the protection, acquisition, and development of parks and open spaces within the city of Novi. Membership is open to anyone interested in recreation and parks in Novi. For more information, you can visit their web site at http://friendsofnovipark.com. The organization can also be contacted at Friends of Novi Parks, PO Box 123, Novi MI 48376-0123.
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